Anti-terrorism exercise at Incirlik AB, Turkey

The last two or three of the images have a certain desolate quality that make it all too easy to imagine the real thing.

Capt. Kevin Manis prepares to don the rest of his chemical warfare suit during a simulated chemical attack during an anti-terrorism exercise May 25, 2010, at a park in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Captain Manis is with the 39th Air Base Wing Exercise Evaluation Team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Airman 1st Class Daniel Coronado participates in an anti-terrorism exercise May 25, 2010, at the fitness center at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airman Coronado is with the 39th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

First responders prepare to triage "victims" following a simulated chemical attack during an anti-terrorism exercise May 26, 2010, at the Patriot Village in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

First responders check on a "victim" following a simulated chemical attack during an anti-terrorism exercise May 26, 2010, at the Patriot Village in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The exercise tested the base's terrorism-response ability. The base was put into 24-hour operations for the duration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

"Victims" wait for help to arrive following a simulated chemical attack during an anti-terrorism exercise May 26, 2010, at the Patriot Village in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The exercise tested the base's terrorism-response ability. The base was put into 24-hour operations for the duration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Never been to Incirlik, but something about these images summons up memories of the late 80s/early 90s, and the way one’s helmet band and the old ’82 pattern webbing started to get that “old web gear” smell in the summer humidity.  I miss it, in a way; to my middle-aged self it seems like the smell of youth.

Here’s the original US Air Force photo essay.

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